This is a personal challenge for myself as my natural instinct is to sit with a film long after watching and meditate on it. I blame much of my over analyses on my college training. But here, I attempt to blend overly nerdy, academicky prose with reactionary, informal wit to create my own cohesive statement on five "classic American horror films ranging from the 60s to the 80s" because these films are "a monumentally important touchstone in horror history". Here goes something.
If there's one subject/topic that pierces my inward struggle and actually scares me, it's the perpetual feeling of loneliness. Something about Norman tugs at that insecurity within myself. Will I be driven to homicidal madness by it? Probably not. However, what is revealed about his story adds a very broad emotional element that I feel has made him such an iconic figure.
|Me on most days.|
- I love that Busta Rhymes thought the main score was compatible for an update on one of his tracks.
- I see how where Jamie Lee Curtis gets her sex appeal. Janet was quite alluring.
- Swamps are awesome for hiding evidence of a crime!
Night Of The Living Dead (1968)
I've done my share of research on Living Dead because of its significance with racial representation not just in horror, but film history as a whole. It's an important film for so many reasons, but Ben (Duane Jones) really put Black behinds in movie seats and consistently. His character was the 'hope', or, more so fantasy in a sense of my elders in the universe Romero and his crew created.
- Themes: survival, leadership, regret
- John reminds me so much of my youngest brother. I wanna slug them both!
- I wish Duane Jones was still around to give talks about his role. But we do at least have this.
- The score is something special.
The Exorcist (1973)
I've thought a lot about The Exorcist over the years. It's sadness and rage has fascinated me, and I've linked the root of the turmoil generated from the characters to the 70s Women's Liberation Movement. The Exorcist does not say that equality and fairness for women is "evil", that's absurd. But the fantastical ideas, that "superwoman" myth I've argued is kind of a dangerous falsehood. And everything Regan's mother juggled, especially her angst (her feelings about Regan's father, etc.), festered inside of her fragile teenage daughter and became what we saw.
|Me when I'm sick|
- Themes: crisis of faith (both religious and non-religious), guilt, science vs. antiquity
- Father Merrin always looked like he needed a hug. His work was way too stressful.
- The devil is like, super awesome at making you believe a lie to be truth.
- I very much enjoyed Story B about Father Karras.
- Was Regan's father some sort of a 'rock star'? I never noticed that until now!
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1973)
I took a class about family in grad school. My instructor had little to no liberal arts training and it showed, because we spent 80% of our time watching films to get a grasp on what is/makes a family. Only as a cinephile that is
|I like non-traditional family portraits.|
|What you do when your friends turn on you.|